Research Opportunities


FALL 2014 undergraduate research projects and application information (now closed)


ISG undergraduate research opportunities  (contract course 196 or 199) are  designed for Juniors and Seniors; first and second year students are encouraged instead to enroll in SRP 99 research projects.  (NOTE: SRP 99 is NOT prerequisite for course 196 or 199; SRP 99 is just a useful first step into the world of academic research and a way of meeting researchers.) New ISG undergraduate research opportunities are posted on this webpage a couple weeks before the start of each regular session quarter.

If chosen for a project, students can enroll in course contract SOC GEN 196 (apprenticeship) or SOC GEN 199 (directed research).  The project description will define the opportunity as either SOC GEN 196 or 199.

  • SOC GEN 196 doesn’t require that you to write a paper.  It is usually a 4-6 hours/week involvement.  It is usually not in a lab. No more than two quarters of SOC GEN 196 is allowed.  You receive 2 units of credit for each quarter of SOC GEN 196.  If you take two quarters of SOC GEN 196 for a letter grade then you will satisfy one elective course for either the Human Biology and Society major or the Society and Genetics minor program.
  • SOC GEN 199 requires that you write a 10-15 page research paper.  Most commonly it is taken for 4 units, but can range from 2-4 units.  A 10+ hours/week commitment would correspond to a 4 unit version of this course;  4-6 hours/week commitment would be for a 2 unit course.  It is usually in a laboratory, but not in all cases.  You can repeat SOC GEN 199 without limit, but mind the various College rules about independent study courses,


On, under CLASSES, select CONTRACT COURSES, and supply the information requested.  NOTE: for HBS major program credit, you should choose letter grade option.  Print contract and have the faculty mentor named on the contract sign it. Turn this in to the Institute’s student affairs officer (1308 Rolfe Hall) by noon on Friday of Week 2.  You do NOT need department chair’s signature on course contract.


Past Apprenticeships:

  • SPRING 2014: Historical Studies in Genetics and Bioinformatics
  • WINTER 2014: Shifting Understandings of Autism and the Environment in Science & Society; Popular Descriptions of Environmental Epigenetics; Historical studies in mid-century genetics and bio-informatics; Bone Marrow Recruitment and Registration
  • FALL 2013: Clinical Exome Sequencing/discussion of results; Environmental dysregulation of germline function in C. elegans; Deaf Genetics Projects/Cancer Genetics Education for the Deaf Community
  • WINTER 2013: Causal Understandings of Autism & Environmental Epigenetics
  • FALL 2012: Sex in Sports; Phylogenetics and Biogeography of Neotropical Primates
  • SPRING 2012: Oral History of Human Genetics; Forensic DNA and Human Rights in Latin America; Evolution of Anatomy in Mammals; History of Sexual Genetics
  • WINTER 2012: Cross-species relationships in sympatric Amazonian capuchin monkeys; Phylogenetics and Biogeography of Neotropical Primates; Cooperative Breeding in Patrilocal Societies; The Art of Aging: Aging and Science in Film, TV, and Advertising; History of Japanese Genetics
  • FALL 2011: Genetic screening and prospective studies of human populations 1950s – 1980s; Oral History of Human Genetics; Paternity, Fertility and Investment among the Himba of NW Namibia; Forensic DNA and human rights in Latin America; NanoBio + Art online social network; Racial Taxonomies in Biomedical Genomics Research; Evaluating Health Disparities in the Deaf Community
  • SPRING 2011: “Water Bodies”/develop a hybrid social network that will be a resource of information and activism in relation to the state of water – globally.
  • WINTER 2011: Evolution of bat coloration and roosting ecology; Model organism newsletters, cooperation and community in genetics and developmental biology; Genetic Studies of Human Population; Cross-species relationships in sympatric Amazonian capuchin monkeys; URC/SRP 99 project: Maternal effects shaping social network traits in yellow-bellied marmots